Temporary library in mall for the east

Linwood residents will get a temporary library and service centre inside their shopping centre.

The Christchurch City Council has signed a three-year lease on a 1200-square-metre space on the first floor of the Eastgate Shopping Centre that it intends to transform into a temporary library and service centre.

The new facility, called the Linwood Library and Service Centre at Eastgate, is expected to open in two months.

"There has been a strong desire among residents for more comprehensive library and service centre services in this area since the earthquakes, so we're really excited to be able to confirm this project will be going ahead," council libraries and information unit manager Carolyn Robertson said.

Mayor Bob Parker said the new centre would be heartening news for many families on the eastern side of the city.

The Linwood Library in Cranley St has been closed since it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. It was damaged further during a fire on the site.

The council closed the Linwood Service Centre in Smith St last year after an engineering evaluation showed it was below 34 per cent of the new building standard.

The temporary library will house the 50,000 items held at the old Linwood Library. It will be open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

The Press